July Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Five Cats and One Box

"Five Cats and One Box", brush markers, 6.5" x 9" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Five Cats and One Box”, brush markers, 6.5″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’m going from the sublime to the ridiculous this month, after a run of detailed and pretty cat artwork to something fun and silly for summer. I love drawing with brush markers, and using them for my daily cat sketches really taught me serious lessons about focus and letting my hands intuitively follow what I saw, letting the brush tip create a fluid line all its own.

All five joined me in the kitchen for lunch, so I gave them a box to keep them occupied. And me too. I put down my lunch and ran to get my markers. I remember those days of daily sketches, one of the lessons to capture the feeling of all those cats in action, and this was one time when my eyes were full of the potential.

When they mill around like this each of them is in constant motion, and I’ll use the old jump rope analogy for how I determine when to jump in—I stand there and watch them moving around, observe what each of them is tending to do in the moment, then sketch them one by one. But sometimes, like Mewsette in the box, they move too much and end up looking vague. Also, see how I changed my mind about the background color from yellow to turquoise, just drawing on top of it. It’s a sketch, not a masterpiece.

So what do five cats do with one box? Mewsette is in the box while Giuseppe is checking under the flap of the box, and Jelly Bean is sitting next to the box washing “there”, Mimi is experiencing box envy and planning on how to get into the box, and Mr. Sunshine is looking away, acting as if he doesn’t care at all about the box. And while it may look as if Mimi is floating in air behind them all, she is actually on the white enamel table. But it looks like that to me each time I look at this sketch.

You can read order other sizes and styles here. In addition, you’ll find this image on gift items.

Click here to register for your account to order your free print. When I receive your registration I’ll send you an email with information on how to order.


Where to find this artwork

A New Member Thank You

Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Five Cats and One Box” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.

The New Member print is a signed digital print of my marker sketch “Five Cats and One Box”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!

Or purchase another size print or greeting card

The original sketch is still available, but you can choose another style or size of print of “Five Cats and One Box” on the product listing. I offer prints as:

  • digital prints on matte-finish art paper
  • giclees on art paper
  • on canvas in standard sizes
  • as framed prints, as shown, and custom framing is available

You may soon find this image on several gift items

You can find this art and more on Portraits of Animals. Search “Five Cats and One Box” to find what’s currently available.

This month’s desktop calendar

I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month.

If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.

How to download and use your desktop calendar

  1. Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
  2. For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
  3. For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.

Horizontal and HD monitors and screens

Desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
Desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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Square monitors and screens

Desktop calendar 1280 x 1024 for square screens.
Desktop calendar 1280 x 1024 for square screens.

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Small Mobile Devices and Tablets

Desktop calendar, 600 x 800 for iPad, Kindle and other readers.
Desktop calendar, 600 x 800 for iPad, Kindle and other readers.

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Cell Phones and Smartphones

Desktop calendar, 330 x 700 for cell phones.
Desktop calendar, 330 x 700 for cell phones.

Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.

Each month I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.

Click here to see daily sketches, click here to see daily photographs

click here to see other artwork featured on The Creative Cat

or visit Feline Artwork on my main website.

If you are interested in a print of this image, check Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!





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4 thoughts on “July Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Five Cats and One Box

  • July 1, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    That is adorable.

    • July 3, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      I try to catch their adorableness in my sketches!

  • July 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    It’s your clowder of black cats that make me want to build one of my own!
    I have three…

    • July 1, 2021 at 8:51 pm

      You’re on your way! I had a headstart when Mimi came in with kittens, though I hadn’t intended to keep them all.


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